Job 20:4
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New International Version
"Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since mankind was placed on the earth,

New Living Translation
"Don't you realize that from the beginning of time, ever since people were first placed on the earth,

English Standard Version
Do you not know this from of old, since man was placed on earth,

Berean Study Bible
Do you not know that from antiquity, since man was placed on the earth,

New American Standard Bible
"Do you know this from of old, From the establishment of man on earth,

King James Bible
Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,

Christian Standard Bible
Don't you know that ever since antiquity, from the time a human was placed on earth,

Contemporary English Version
Since the time of creation, everyone has known

Good News Translation
Surely you know that from ancient times, when we humans were first placed on earth,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't you know that ever since antiquity, from the time man was placed on earth,

International Standard Version
"Haven't you known this from ancient times, since mankind was placed on the earth?

NET Bible
"Surely you know that it has been from old, ever since humankind was placed on the earth,

New Heart English Bible
Do you not know this from old time, since man was placed on earth,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Don't you know that from ancient times, from the time humans were placed on earth,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Knowest thou not this of old time, Since man was placed upon earth,

New American Standard 1977
“Do you know this from of old, From the establishment of man on earth,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Dost thou not know this that always was, since man was placed upon earth,

King James 2000 Bible
Know you not this of old, since man was placed upon the earth,

American King James Version
Know you not this of old, since man was placed on earth,

American Standard Version
Knowest thou not this of old time, Since man was placed upon earth,

Douay-Rheims Bible
This I know from the beginning, since man was placed upon the earth,

Darby Bible Translation
Knowest thou [not] this, that of old, since man was placed upon earth,

English Revised Version
Knowest thou not this of old time, since man was placed upon earth,

Webster's Bible Translation
Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,

World English Bible
Don't you know this from old time, since man was placed on earth,

Young's Literal Translation
This hast thou known from antiquity? Since the placing of man on earth?
Study Bible
Zophar: Destruction Awaits the Wicked
3I have heard a rebuke that insults me, and my understanding makes me reply. 4Do you not know that from antiquity, since man was placed on the earth, 5the triumph of the wicked has been brief and the joy of the godless momentary?…
Cross References
Job 8:8
Please inquire of past generations and consider the discoveries of their fathers.

Job 15:18
what was declared by wise men and was not concealed from their fathers,

Treasury of Scripture

Know you not this of old, since man was placed on earth,

thou not

Job 8:8,9 For inquire, I pray you, of the former age, and prepare yourself …

Job 15:10 With us are both the gray headed and very aged men, much elder than your father.

Job 32:7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

man

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, …

Genesis 9:1-3 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, Be fruitful, …

Psalm 115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD's: but the earth has he …







Verse 4. - Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth? These words scarcely "imply cognizance of the record (of the creation of man) in Genesis," as Canon Cook suggests; but they do imply belief in a creation of man, not an evolution; and in the existence of a continuous tradition, extending from that time to Job's. The passage is among those which make for the high antiquity of the book. Knowest thou not this of old,.... Or "from eternity" (g), from the beginning of time, ever since the world was; as if he should say, if you are the knowing man you pretend to be, you must know this I am about to observe; and if you do not know it, you must be an ignorant man, since it is an ancient truth, confirmed by all experience from the creation; not that Job could know it so early, he was not the first man that was born, nor was he made before the hills, but was of yesterday, and comparatively knew nothing; but the sense is, that this about to be delivered was an old established maxim, of which there had been numerous instances,

since man, or "Adam",

was placed upon earth; referring to the putting of Adam in Eden to dress the garden, and keep it; and every man, ever since, is placed on earth by the ordination, and according to the will of God, where and for purposes he pleases: the instances Zophar might have in view are perhaps the expulsion of our first parents out of paradise, the vagabond state of Cain, the destruction of the old world by a flood, and of Sodom and Gomorrah by fire from heaven; which show that God, sooner or later, gives manifest tokens of his displeasure at sin and sinners, by his punishment of them for it. What he means is as follows.

(g) "ab aeterno", Junius & Tremellius, Drusius, Codurcus, Schmidt, Michaelis. 20:1-9 Zophar's discourse is upon the certain misery of the wicked. The triumph of the wicked and the joy of the hypocrite are fleeting. The pleasures and gains of sin bring disease and pain; they end in remorse, anguish, and ruin. Dissembled piety is double iniquity, and the ruin that attends it will be accordingly.
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